Ostermiller scores first goal as Warriors top Saint Anthony 8-0


Photo by Kainoa Deguilmo

Dane Kubo tries moving the ball away from defenders at the Maui Warriors’ game against Saint Anthony, Jan. 19 at Kana’iaupuni Stadium. The Warriors won 8-0.

Senior Kekoa Ostermiller scored his first goal of the season as he helped the boys soccer team beat the Saint Anthony Trojans, 8-0, Tuesday, Jan. 19.

The Warriors’ record is now 7-0, and Saint Anthony has fallen to 0-8. Brennan Joaquin scored three goals, Kai Paredes scored two and Kekoa Ostermiller, Paytin Ayau, and Konapiliahi Dancil each scored one.

“Kamehameha has a very tough team,” said Trojans head coach Joseph Celebrado. “They play very well, and they capitalized on all the opportunities they had tonight.”

Saint Anthony was missing four starters. All of them are currently off island.

“We played a little short tonight, obviously,” said Coach Celebrado, “but they played hard, never gave up, and that’s all I can ask for.”

Kekoa Ostermiller, who scored his first goal, is also in his first year of playing for the school.

“I was really encouraged from my senior classmates to come out and play this year,” he said.

Despite only playing this year, he has made it into the starting lineup for games.

“I think it happened from hard work,” he said. “I’m just always pushing myself at practice.”

He played a different position tonight, which resulted in his first goal.

“Usually coach has me playing center back,” Ostermiller said, “but I got to try striker this game. I scored, and it feels great.”

New players got a chance to prove themselves in the match against the Trojans.

“It was a good team win for us,” Warriors head coach Kyle Herendeen said. “We have things we can work on, but there were definitely a lot of positives overall.”

Many underclassmen and first-time players impressed the coaches in their debut.

“We saw a lot of good stuff,” Coach Herendeen said. “They’re earning [the coaches’] trust more and more with all their improvements.”

Saturday, Jan. 19, the Warriors will play in Lahaina against the Lunas, who are 3-3.

“This is going to be a really tough game, and we were fortunate to get a 3-0 win over them the first game,” Coach Herendeen said. “But we need all the fans we can get because it’s going to be an 80-minute battle.”